Donald W. Buck II, MD, is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Christian Hospital, serving patients from the St. Louis Metropolitan Area including St. Louis County, St. Charles County and Southern Illinois. He is an assistant professor in the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Buck specializes in all aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery including complex microsurgical reconstruction and cosmetic surgery of the face, breast and body. Dr. Buck has been invited to present at numerous national and international meetings. He is an invited reviewer for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Journal of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery.
Dr. Buck has authored over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, textbook chapters, and presentations in the field of Plastic Surgery. He has also edited two major Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery textbooks – Core Procedures in Plastic Surgery (2013) and Review of Plastic Surgery (2015).
Dr. Buck received his undergraduate degree with highest distinction from Indiana University where he received awards for his athletic and scholastic achievement, including Sports Illustrated Scholar Athlete of the Year. While at Indiana he was a middle linebacker on the Indiana University football team under Coach Cam Cameron. After graduating from Indiana, he attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Upon receiving his medical degree, Dr. Buck was accepted into the seven-year Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency Training Program at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. During his residency training, Dr. Buck received many awards and accolades including the national David C. Leach Award for outstanding contributions to residency education, the Exemplary Resident Teaching Award, and the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons Resident Scholar Award. He was selected as the only resident member to the Plastic Surgery Residency Review Committee, the accrediting body overseeing all Plastic Surgery Residency and Fellowship Programs, and the Advisory Council to Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgery within the American College of Surgeons.
Following his plastic surgery training at Northwestern University, Dr. Buck was accepted, out of applicants worldwide, into the Reconstructive Microsurgery Fellowship program at the University of Toronto in Canada. While in Toronto, Dr. Buck perfected advanced microsurgical techniques including perforator flaps (DIEP, SIEA, SGAP, ALT, and Fibula flaps) for treating complex reconstructive problems under the tutelage of Stefan Hofer, MD, PhD.
Dr. Buck’s interests include lipedema, microsurgery, breast surgery and microsurgical breast reconstruction, cancer reconstruction (including head and neck reconstruction, skin cancer excision/reconstruction, and Mohs reconstruction), complex nasal reconstruction, aesthetic surgery of the face (facelift, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, brow lift), breast (augmentation, mastopexy, reduction), and body (abdominoplasty, mommy-make over, body contouring after weight loss), surgical treatment of lymphedema and migraines, as well as trauma reconstruction (complex lacerations, facial fractures, hand/extremity fractures and trauma reconstruction), orthognathic/jaw surgery, complex abdominal wall reconstruction, and wound care/reconstruction.
In addition to his exceptional knowledge and technical skill, Dr. Buck is an incredibly caring and compassionate human being who has received praise from patients, their families, and colleagues alike for his gentle bedside manner and warm, respectful and personal approach to the patient-doctor relationship. Acting on his belief in patient-centered care, Dr. Buck will listen to your goals and provide you with the most up-to-date and individualized information to help you make an informed and educated decision about your care. Equipped with your personalized plan and using leading techniques, Dr. Buck strives to exceed your expectations and deliver the best possible results.
Contact Dr. Buck and schedule an appointment today to talk with him about how he can help erase the emotional scars of cancer, get you back on your feet and on the road to recovery, or help you rediscover your inner beauty.